Cyril Lancelin, visual artist from Lyon, France. Photography © Dannan Wang
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I work on real and fictional art installations. On one side I am developing realistic images of fictional houses, and I am experimenting in real life with some of the immersive ideas in large scale art installations. That helps remove any limits, and keep me focused on the research. I started by posting my images on social networks, and I received some inquiries from clients. The power of the images help me to gain more visibility.
2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?
I love going to Centre Pompidou in Paris. It’s not only the permanent or temporary collections, but it is an ecosystem. There is an amazing book store, a public library, lecture series, kids program. I am a big fan of the building as well, which is one of the last century’s best architecture landmarks.
3.How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why?
Social networks are everything in my business. I see my work and research as a dialogue with the public. I like to show new ideas on my social networks. Then, I develop them in Immersive Art installation. The public is part of my work, photos that will publish the visitors shows how they have explored and discovered the artworks. It is essential.
4.What are your future projects?
I am collaborating right now with the swiss brand La Prairie, I have developed a large scale immersive installation which was supposed to be shown at Art Basel. We will show it in a public space instead. I am working on some new projects in Lisbon, New York City, Melbourne and Paris. Can’t wait to show them.
5.To create greater engagement among museums, artists and professionals, do you have any advice for cultural projects such as #MuseumWeek?
During the pandemic, I have been participating in some virtual workshops. We were almost 100 users connected all together, and then we were in a smaller group of 5 to present the work to the other. Mixing artists, public, art teachers and curators was a great experience!
Interview by Fabio Pariante, journalist
Cyril Lancelin (Lyon, 1975) is a French visual artist and architect who in 2016 opened “Town and Concrete”, the creative studio where he creates giant immersive and colorful installations, between art and technology.
Animals, caves, geometric shapes and food, just to name a few, are site-specific productions of great impact that can be found all over the world, from Los Angeles to Beijing, from Madrid to New York. Among the most important works: “Flamingo Ring” in Dubai, “Cube Sphere” in Paris, “Green Chapel”, “Half Blue”, “Half Line” “Pyramid Circle” and to encourage people to stay at home during the period quarantine, Lancelin created “Pillow Pyramid“, a pyramid of pillows built on a double bed.
To create each single installation, engineers, designers and specialists collaborate with the artist for the use of dedicated software. Cyril Lancelin lives and works in Lyon.